Virus outbreak leads to revised schedule for Cloud County Fair
The schedule for what was to be a scaled down version of the 2020 Cloud County Fair has been revised once again.
Following a meeting Saturday morning involving members of the Cloud County Fair board and Kansas State University Research and Extension employees, and with guidance from the Cloud County Health Department, it was decided to move forward with just a 4-H and FFA fair beginning on July 6.
A recent outbreak of COVID-19 in Cloud County has prompted the Fair board to call off Open Class categories and cancel public events that included a greased pig contest, a pedal tractor pull, cornhole tournaments, sand volleyball tournament and a Meet the Candidates event.
“We are trying to reduce crowd size,” Fair board member Charlotte Anderson said, “Especially with the outbreak that just happened. You could see how it has affected so many people.”
The Fair board had previously made the decision to not have a carnival this year because of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Under the guidelines established for the 4-H and FFA judging, there will be one entry point for the event. Those participating will be asked to give contact information and be required to wear face masks. Hand sanitizer will be available for use before attending a 4-H or FFA activity or show.
The 4-H displays will be exhibited virtually all week by following the River Valley 4-H Facebook page.
All animals that are being shown that are not being taken for processing or being shipped out, will be released following the respective shows.
The livestock auction is scheduled for July 10 at 6 p.m, in the Show Arena.
Anyone interested in donating to the auction, but who would prefer not to attend in person, can contact Cheryl Madden at 785-614-4020.
The NCK Saddle Club will host the NCK Rodeo on July 10-11 at 7:30 p.m. There will be additional guidelines in place.
Those participating in and attending the rodeo will be required to sign in with name, phone number and county of residence. Face masks will be available, but not required. There will be hand sanitizer available.
The beer garden at the Fair Grounds will be open on Wednesday through Saturday nights. It is not being operated by the Fair board.
There will be food vendors on site.